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Police: Alcohol possible factor in fatal West Side crash

Updated: February 23, 2013 11:23PM

Police are investigating whether alcohol was involved in a West Side crash that killed a Cicero woman and left a car split in half.

Chantelle Jones, 26, of the 1200 block of South 56th Court in Cicero, died about 5:30 a.m. Saturday from injuries she suffered in the crash, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jones was a passenger in a 1998 four-door Saturn traveling southbound about 2:15 a.m. when the driver lost control and hit a viaduct in the 1600 block of South Western Avenue, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The force of the crash split the car in half, leaving the passenger side of the vehicle completely exposed, police said.

Paramedics found Jones – who was the driver’s girlfriend -- lying on the ground next to the wreck, Mirabelli said.

She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she later died, he said.

The 33-year-old man who was driving was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital and released into police custody, Mirabelli said. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating. No charges have been filed as of Saturday morning.

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